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Explore Newbury: Walking Tours 2022

Tuesday 5th Jul 2022 — Tuesday 30th Aug 2022

Full Price £5 / under-12s £2.50

  • A bright and vibrant drawing of Market Place and Town Hall in Newbury a long time ago.

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After a space of 2 years the popular walking tours of Newbury will return this year.

Led by local historians the tours are suitable for all ages and will give a fascinating insight into the long and eventful history of Newbury. The Battlefield Walk starts and finishes at the Falkland Memorial (at the junction of Essex Street and Andover Road) and lasts approximately 2 hours.

This walk is aimed at all ages, especially children. The Town Walks start and finish at the Corn Exchange and each one lasts approximately 90 minutes. These walks are aimed at adults but children are welcome. The maximum group sizes will be 20 for the Battlefield Walk and 15 for the Town Walks.

Walking Tours Information
All walks start at 10:30am
Tickets £5.00 for adults, £2.50 for children under 12.
Battlefield Walks last 2 hours and start at the Falkland Memorial.
Town Walks last 1.5 hours and start at the Corn Exchange.

Walking Tours Dates:

5th July (Tuesday) – The First Battle of Newbury
The walk starts from the Falkland Memorial and progresses along Essex Street to Cope Hall Lane, effectively moving from the Royalist position through ‘no man’s land’ to where the parliamentarians came up onto Round Hill from the valley, then back through the woods by the water tower to Battery End and Andover road. Although the ‘battlefield walk’ sticks mainly to the reason the armies finished up fighting at Newbury and what transpired over the course of that one day, there will be an opportunity to cover items like road names, pub names, the bronze age mounds, enclosure etc. together with questions walkers may have. To help with the explanations there will be an album of maps and old photos to illustrate different points along the way.
Your guide: Dave Stubbs

26th July (Tuesday) – A History of Newbury
A circular walk in the town centre looking at Newbury’s history from its Norman foundation to the present day.
Your guide:
Philip Wood

2nd August (Tuesday) – The Art & Architecture of Newbury
A circular walk in the pedestrianised centre of Newbury to look at its architectural highlights, and how the townscape has been interpreted by artists over the years.
Your guide: Jane Burrell

9th August (Tuesday) – Newbury in the War
A circular walk in the centre of Newbury looking at the buildings and sites made use of during WWI and WWII. It includes local defences and places of entertainment.
Your guide: Jane Burrell

16th August (Tuesday) – A History of Newbury
A circular walk in the town centre looking at Newbury’s history from its Norman foundation to the present day.
Your guide: Philip Wood

23rd August (Tuesday) – Northbrook Street and Speenhamland
A walk along Northbrook Street to the Clock Tower, to talk about Newbury during the coaching era, and the Speenhamland System. Along the way it takes in a range of historic buildings, including the 17th-century building at the heart of Camp Hopson and Jack of Newbury’s house.
Your guide: David Peacock

30th August (Tuesday) – Market Place and Cheap Street
A circular walk in the pedestrianised centre of Newbury to look at its architectural highlights, and how the townscape has been interpreted by artists over the years.
Your guide: David Peacock

Your Guides:

David Peacock researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area. He is the author of The Story of Newbury (2011), has written for local newspapers, taught evening classes, and given talks to many clubs and societies.

Jane Burrell is a former curator of West Berkshire Museum. She continues to give talks and lectures to local clubs and societies, covering local history, war-time poets, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Philip Wood is Chairman of Newbury District Field Club – Newbury’s local history society founded in 1870. He researches, writes and lectures on the history of Newbury, family history, WWI history and the pubs & breweries of Newbury.

Dave Stubbs. Having had an uneasy relationship with history as a schoolboy, Dave moved to Newbury in the 1970s to take up the role of ‘local bobby’ for the Wash Common beat. It was here he dug up a musket ball in his new back garden, which unlocked a whole new passion for ‘local’ history and seeking out the clues – such as field shapes, road names and pub signs that unlock the story of the place that has been his home ever since.